The team had rounded off their participation on Saturday with one gold and one bronze medals, for a total haul of 10 medals which was however Nigeria’s poorest in recent times.
The Games will officially be declared open on Tuesday evening by Japan’s Emperor Naruhito but virus rules mean most of the stadium’s 68,000 seats will be empty.
Nigeria earned one silver and one bronze medals from the Games, with a slew of promising performances as a number of athletes reached the final of their events. For the first time since 1996, a Nigerian athlete was in the final of the glamour event of the Games – the men’s 100m sprint. Young hurdler Oluwatobiloba Amusan narrowly missed netting a medal as she finished fourth in the women’s high hurdles final.
Below is the current medals table of the ongoing 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo at the end of Sunday’s events across all the sports and at all the venues:
Nwokocha had to run a new personal best of 11.00 seconds to secure her qualification to the semifinals in her debut at the Games.
Broadcasters NHK quoted a city council member as saying that the number of infections is rising steadily again and that the majority of the cases concern young people in their 20s.
Overseas fans have already been banned from the Games.
This, she believes, is possible courtesy of right personnel selection and better preparation despite admitting the quality of their group B opponents.
This call became necessary following self-declarations of top NBA players who have pledged their support and international career to Nigerian Basketball programme.
Yoshiro Mori, 83, set off a firestorm on social media both at home and abroad this week with comments that women talked too much, remarks made in a meeting with the Japan Olympic Committee that he later retracted and apologised for, but refused to resign over.
Jimmy Patronis sent a letter to Thomas Bach, the head of the IOC, “to encourage you to consider relocating the 2021 Olympics from Tokyo, Japan to the United States of America, and more specifically to Florida”
Reacting to a recent feedback over the absence of some players who featured at the 2019 World Cup in China, the NBBF President, Engr. Musa Kida, explained that the exceptional quality of players ready to play for D’Tigers has made selection very difficult for the coaching crew.
A statement on the International Olympic Committee website said the decision was taken at the IOC virtual session held on Friday.
He said a recent spike in cases in Tokyo is due to a failure to stick to guidelines to prevent contagion.
Japan has not seen an explosive coronavirus outbreak as suffered in some other places but a recent increase in cases in Tokyo, which accounts for more than a third of its more than 20,000 total, has fanned worries about a second wave of infections.
Tokyo on Sunday recorded 143 new cases of the coronavirus, raising the number of people, who have tested positive for it, to over 1,000.
The International Olympic Committee has ruled out staging the Tokyo Games behind closed doors because it would be anathema to the whole philosophy of a movement that seeks to bring people across the globe together in celebration of sport.
A Japanese court on Monday ordered a death sentence to a man who killed 19 disabled people at a care home near Tokyo in 2016, the worst mass murder in post-war Japan.
South African middle distance athlete Caster Semenya is aiming to run in the 200 metres at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Japan is set, this week, to revise a law allowing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to declare a formal state of emergency over the coronavirus if needed, as Abe faces persistent criticism for his handling of the outbreak ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games.